The story of the legendary slave girl Anarkali, who is believed to have lived during the Mughal Era, has been adapted several times in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladesh film. In 1953 director Nandlal Jaswantlal came with his version of the story of Anarkali who on account of her relationship with the Mughal prince Jahangir was buried alive by his father Emperor Akbar.
The film starred Pradeep Kumar, Bina Rai and Noor Jehan in lead roles. The film was a critical and commercial hit and was noted for the performance of Bina Rai as Anarkali. Music composed by C. Ramachandra fascinated the audience very much. For the song Mohobbat me aise kadam dagmagaaye, which Anarkali sings in the Mughal court intoxicated, Ramachandra added a hiccups after each lyrics which gave the song a tremendous effect. The song was later labeled as hiccups song. Another famous song from the film is ye zindagi usi ki he.